It’s so hard to believe that it has been 20 years today that the doctor first placed my beautiful Lara Jean in my arms. I was young and scared, but as soon as they handed me this warm bundle I looked into her dark green eyes and instantly fell in love. I have been in love ever since that December 13th back in 1991. My girls have brought me more joy than I could ever imagine possible. As my firstborn, I learned a lot with Lara. She started talking right away, I mean seriously, she tried so hard to “talk” to me right in the delivery room! She has never stopped talking since; mostly about glitter, Nashville, and everything under the sun. I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every single minute that I have spent with this delightful creature. We have been in the habit for some time now of taking long walks most nights of the week. I treasure those times. I love to look up at the stars and listen to my sweet girl talk about her future, boys, friends, and… did I mention glitter? I can’t count the silent prayers of thanksgiving I have prayed to Jesus as we walk along. As I gaze with wonder up at the billions of stars, I never forget that the Creator that placed each star in place created this amazing child walking by my side. She will always be my child, even though she has grown very independent and will soon be moving to her much dreamed about Nashville in just a few short weeks. Part of me cringes at the thought of leaving my sweet baby at Belmont University. Another part of me is beaming with pride at the incredible young lady she has become. I love her with every part of my being. And now, when I walk on the woodland trail at night without my precious companion at my side, I will still look up at the moon and stars, and I will imagine that she is looking up at them too; I will forever thank Jesus for letting Lara Jean Cantrell be my daughter. I love you baby girl. I am so proud of you. I will always be here for you!
13 Dec 2011